Healthy Snacking for Performance

Snacking can be tricky, especially for the health conscious. Most of the snack items that line the grocery store aisles are filled with artificial flavors, preservatives, and refined products. Although these ingredients are often included in snacks labeled “healthy”, they may actually cause more harm then benefit. However, there are a few bright spots in the healthy snacking universe that can help us reach out health and fitness goals.

Why We Snack?

From a physiological standpoint, we snack to help keep our blood sugar stable. Snacking for blood sugar stability keep the body and brain buzzing throughout the day. The best example of blood sugar stability gone awry may be the afternoon crash often experience during the work or school day. Right around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, a few hours after lunch, our blood sugar begins to drop below normal levels. We feel week, tired, and sometimes a little emotionally unstable. But, when we take in a healthy snack, our body converts that food into sugar, blood sugar picks back up, and we feel energized and creative and happy for the remainder of the day. Read More




Overcoming Opiate Addiction with Food & Fitness

The therapeutic treatment of substance use disorders via blood sugar management is often reserved for alcoholics with acute glycemic response to sugar and sweet tasting foods.

Alcohol is essentially straight sugar and the connection between alcoholism and glucose metabolism disorders such as hypoglycemia is pretty straightforward.

However, I stumbled upon this cool research article that suggests opiate addicts are similarly susceptible to blood sugar disorders, which I believe means that there are a few nutritional concepts that may be beneficial in advancing the treatment protocol for heroin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and OxyContin abuse. Read More




What is Holistic Nutrition?

I’m a holistic nutritionist, but the practice is in its infancy and many people are not exactly sure what that means and how my practice is different than that of a “conventional” nutritionist or dietician?

Great question! Read More


Healthy Snacking for Performance

Monday, August 29, 2016

Snacking can be tricky, especially for the health conscious. Most of the snack items that line the grocery store aisles are filled with artificial flavors, preservatives, and refined…

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